Palliative Care ECHO

Program goal

Enhance provider capacity in the use of palliative care best practices to better diagnose, manage and provide quality (high-value) care for patients with complex serious illness.

About the Palliative Care ECHO

It is suggested that about 75% of people with serious and life-limiting illness may benefit from enrollment in a palliative care program. However, despite an increasingly aging population and a global population plagued by chronic illnesses, gaps in palliative care education of the current and future health care workforce still remain. As such, the overarching challenges in this field include the shortfall of hospice and palliative medicine clinicians available to provide high-quality care to our chronically ill population and the subsequent lack of palliative care options for rural health care patients and providers. 

The Palliative Care ECHO program seeks to close this gap and address these issues by establishing a learning network of providers to increase the capacity of clinicians treating patients with complex serious illness.

Who should attend?

  • Providers (MD/DO, PA, NP, RN, OT, PT, ST, LPN, LCSW, etc.)
  • Medical residents, fellows, students
  • Hospital based palliative care team members
  • Palliative care team members
  • Home health providers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Providers and/or caregivers from SNF’s, long-term nursing facilities, respite centers, independent/assisted-living facilities, etc.
  • Caregivers from the group home setting
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about providing best practice palliative care services.

Meet our team

  • Greg Mayer, MD
  • Joe Solien, PharmD
  • Franc Cordova, MD, FAAHPM
  • Erin Waters, MSW
  • Jenell Currence, MSN, CHPN

Program schedule

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

External partners:
Hospice of the Valley
Oscar & Elsa Mayer Family Foundation

Palliative Care ECHO contacts:
Melina Cox-Ferreras, Clinic Coordinator

Greg Mayer, Medical Director

General ECHO inquiries:


Date Topic Speaker(s)
Jan. 11, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Deprescribing Medications Franc Cordova, MD and Mark Heisler, MD
Jan. 25, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Palliative Care for ESRD Patients Ned Stolzberg, MD
Feb. 8, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Community Resources: A Valuable Complement to Community Care (repeat) Erin Waters, LMSW
Hospice of the Valley / Arizona Supportive Care
Feb. 22, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Management of Nausea and Vomiting (repeat) Bianca Brunelli, DO
March 8, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Palliative Care and Long COVID Alison Reuter and Franc Cordova, MD
March 22, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Palliative Care for LVAD Patients Linda Staley, NP
April 5, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Interventional Pain Management Edward Podgorski, MD
Center for Pain and SC
April 19, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
ValleyWise Palliative Care Program Jill Krmpotic, NP and Jennifer White, LMSW
May 3, 2022
Noon—1 p.m.
Resolving Family Conflict Alison Reuter, PhD